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orthwestern State University of Louisiana
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Chris Maggio, '85
Director Alumni Affairs
Fellow Northwestern Graduates and Friends:
As we prepare in the Alumni Office for our Golden Jubilee
Celebration honoring the graduates of 1952, I've had the
opportunity to visit with some of the honorees as they
recollect their time at Northwestern. Suddenly, I found myself
reflecting on my first days at NSU in 1982.
My goal was to become a teacher/coach so my dad brought me to
the Health and Physical Education building and introduced me to a
silver haired gentleman named Buddy Bonnette. My dad told me
that if I stuck with him and did as he said that I would succeed in
the program. Those words were true.
That day began a 20-year admiration and friendship for a great
teacher. Coach Bonnette taught with enthusiasm and love. His
classroom was his playing field. He approached each class session
with the same vigor as if he were preparing for the Super Bowl. He
awarded only As or F's in his class, as he often said "There is no
middle ground, either you know the material or I don't want you
teaching my kids."
He was demanding, accepted no excuses and refused to feel sorry
for you. He taught discipline by locking the classroom door promptly
at 8 for an 8 o'clock class stating, "if you can't be on time how do you
expect to teach others responsibility." He was caring, often spending
early mornings and late nights privately tutoring students with
their swimming strokes if they lagged behind in the class. But he
never brought attention to his extra work.
And oh, how his classes were difficult. I will always remember the
day in our swimming class when he tied our hands and feet together,
pushed us into the deep end of the swimming pool and told us to
"swim" to the shallow end. As fear and panic crept into my mind, I
remained calm knowing that he was there watching over me.
On January 4, 2002, Coach Bonnette passed way after a valiant
struggle against cancer. On the same day, my wife and I gave birth
to our third child, Emily Grace. It is my hope that I instill in her
some of the same virtues that Coach Bonnette taught me and, if so,
she will be a better person for it. Coach Bonnette, you are greatly
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Sandra Prud'homme Haynie *87
One of the best ways to see the world through someone else's eyes is through their writing.
Featured are five of the many Northwestern alumni who have written and illustrated a variety
of books to help people of all ages see what life is like outside their own space and time.
Sandra Prud'homme Haynie, a descendent of the Creole founders of Oakland
Plantation and a 1987 graduate of NSU, wrote the book "Legends of Oakland
Plantation" which covers the plantation's history. Oakland is one of only two
plantations west of the Mississippi River to be farmed by the same family for 200 years.
The book tells stories about the people, enslaved and free, with whom the family shared
their lives for 10 generations.
Haynie was raised on Oakland Plantation, which was sold to the Cane River Creole
National Historic Park in 1997. Later when she went back to the house, she noticed that
it seemed empty, even though people were taking tours.
"I spoke to the director and we thought it would be nice to have a book," said Haynie.
Haynie's first interest in keeping a memorial to her family's plantation prompted her
to begin a scrapbook of heritage. After showing the Cane River Creole Center director
what she had collected," she literally would not let me have it back," said Haynie.
The scrapbook that began as a family heirloom turned into a published book.
"I decided to just write a book," said Haynie. "It's not just about the family, but
includes other important people on the plantation like the blacksmith, doctor and all
the people who went along with it.
"I felt like I was possessed to finished it. Then I got an aunt to edit it and finally
I self-published it," she said.
Of all the people included in the book, Haynie is fascinated most by the
casquette girl, Catherine Picard Prud'homme, who at the age of 14, decided to
get on a boat to the Louisiana territory to become the wife of the French
frontiersman Jean Pierre Philippe Prud'homme.
"She is the person who most intrigued me because she was so young," she said.
After graduating from Northwestern in 1987 with a degree in nursing,
Haynie decided to change career fields and graduated from law school in
1992. She works for Roundtree, Cox, Guin and Achee law firm. Her training
in nursing is not wasted, however. According to Haynie, she uses both her
nursing and law degrees to represent health care professionals. She is married and
has two sons, one of whom graduated from Northwestern in 1998.
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Bonnie Richardson Murphy '62 and Shelley
f you are looking for the perfect book for a young child, two sibling Northwestern
graduates wrote and illustrated the playful book, "Can a Rooster Drive a Tractor?"
Bonnie Richardson Murphy, a 1962 NSU graduate, wrote the book and her brother,
Shelley Richardson, also a 1962 graduate, provided the illustrations.
Playtime with her grandson, Ben, inspired Murphy to write the colorful
"While we were playing with a toy tractor, I would put different farm
animals into the driver's seat, asking if they could drive the tractor," said
Murphy. "He would say, 'No!' I had two grandchildren, and I wrote the book
"I started in elementary education, and I have always been interested in
children's books," she said.
After Murphy penned the words, there was just one thing left to finish, the
illustrations. That's when she solicited the help of her brother.
"I'm not an artist," said Richardson. "It was through trial and error that I
illustrated it. I know kids like animated people and characters, so I thought
about how I could get personality into this tractor. For kids who can't read the
words I wanted enough depth to keep them interested."
After graduating from Northwestern, Murphy married a 1964 graduate,
Steve Murphy. She taught elementary school before moving to Mississippi. She has
three children, one of whom graduated from Northwestern, and four
Richardson went into the service after graduating from college. Then he
attended the seminary in Fort Worth. He became the Baptist Student Union
campus minister at Tennessee Tech University and later served as the assistant
state director of the Baptist Student Union. Before retiring in 1997, he went
into community education as a liaison between schools and the community.
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Lisa Bostick, reads "Can a Rooster Drive a Tractor?" to her first grade students
at the NSU Elementary Lab School. Enjoying the reading are Matt Hokky, son of
Steve and Lisa Hokky; Cain Hamous, son of Juddy and Star ('99 ) Hamous; Kaitlynn
Bedgood, daughter of Sam and Melanie Bedgood COD; Emilie King, daughter of
David and Dawn King; Ashley Hawkins, daughter of Mike C79) and Jackie ('79)
Hawkins; Jaelah Hoover, daughter of Katrina Hoover C97); Ebo Pratt-Panford,
son of Dr. Comfort Pratt-Panford; Gavin Colavito, son of Dr. Joseph and Katia
Colavito and Joe McClung, son of Philip ('81) and Melinda ('81) McClung.
Bostick, a 1982 and 1987 graduate of NSU, has been teaching for 20 years. She
is married to 1978 alumnus Wayne Bostick. They have two children, Lindsey and
David, a NSU freshman.
Denise Patrick Lewis, a 1977 graduate and accomplished writer, has
published many books for children and adolescents. The inspiration for
her series about the character Midnight Son, came to her when her son
was watching western movies.
"Midnight Son came along because my son was asking about black cowboys,"
said Lewis. "We went straight to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black
Culture in Manhattan where there is a ton of information, including personal
In the first book of the series, "The Adventures of Midnight Son," the main
character is born as a slave on a plantation. When he becomes a teenager, his parents
helped him escape to Mexico, where he took part in a hacienda, and learned about
ranching. In the second book, "The Longest Ride," the Civil War has ended and
Midnight Son has decided to go back to Texas to find some of the members of his family.
Lewis went to New York soon after graduating from NSU with a degree in
journalism. She has written books for children of all ages, including biographies of
Martin Luther King Jr. and John and Abigail Adams. One of her most acclaimed picture
books is entitled "The Red Dancing Shoes."
Lewis has been married for 18 years. She lives on Staten Island with her husband and four sons
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Books OC^ Authors
Willaim Myers '69
A nyone interested in military history would enjoy "Honor the Warrior" by Willaim
/ \ Myers, a 1969 graduate.
JL JL"l was a U.S. Marine and spent four years in the Marine Corps,
Myers. "I am fascinated by marines and their psyche."
Myers did not fight in the Vietnam War, but became interested
in compiling a metals list. In the process he found stories to
include with the list and decided that they should be documented
in a book.
"It's not an anti-war book on the surface," said Myers. "I wanted
people to see what a fantastic job those kids did under the
circumstances they were in."
Myers is now working on a second book about marines in the
"It is similar to the first book," said Myers. "This one required me to
go to Washington, D.C. and conduct some oral interviews."
Myers became a high school football coach in Opelousas and Sunset
for 29 years until his retirement in 1999. Since then he has built his
own house and written. He has two children and three grandchildren.
"Honor the Warrior", "Can a Rooster Drive a Tractor?" and the Midnight Son series are available
at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. If you would like to purchase a copy of "Legends of
Oakland Plantation," you can contact Haynie at (318) 227-9200 or via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
They are also available at several merchants in the northwest Louisiana region. Ill
New book lets theatre
faculty member share
love of Shakespeare
uring his career as an actor and teacher
Dr. Jack Wann has criss-crossed the
country sharing his love of Shakespeare.
Wann is hoping to spread his enthusiasm to a
wider audience through a new book published by the
Northwestern State University Press.
The book, "Shakesperience!: An Approach to Performing Shakespeare,"
uses Wann's experience as an actor, director and teacher to help make the
playwright's work more accessible.
"Having taught Shakespeare during most of my career as a teacher, I
believe Shakespeare is the best our language has to offer," said Wann,
who has been at NSU since 1989. "Shakespeare is something I feel I am
an expert in. If you are a musician, you study Mozart. An artist might
study Rembrandt. An actor should study Shakespeare. There is no
greater voice than Shakespeare."
Wann set out to write a book that "wasn't ponderous at all" and that
would help anyone read or play Shakespeare better.
"I put some of my experiences down on paper and have written it in a
casual enough style that it should
appeal to someone embarking on
their first experience with
Shakespeare," said Wann. "This
book would be appropriate for a
good high school student, a college
student or someone active in
community or professional theatre."
Before coming to NSU, Wann
was on the faculty at Northern
Kentucky University. He is a 30-
year member of Actors Equity and
has directed, stage managed or
performed in more than 300 plays
in his professional and acting
The book is available by writing
to Shakesperience/Wann, P.O. Box
602, Natchitoches, LA 71458, by
calling (318) 352-1653 or e-mailing
wannj shakesperience@y ahoo. com .
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miles on the
the idea of a
and getting it
I shelves. Three
Pte NSU alumni
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Mann ('75 &
McPherson Mann ('75) and Susie Storie C86) (above) work as a
printing team at the Louisiana Technical College Printing Services
in Natchitoches. Each work on a different stage in the printing
Charlie Mann is the general manager of the printing service. He
worked his way up the ladder from being a printing press operator.
He handles and approves orders, prices them and ensures the office
has adequate supplies.
Beth Mann is the graphic designer. She helps their clients piece
together their ideas onto paper.
Storie is a graphic technician. After Beth Mann is finished with
her designs, Storie readies the art for press.
The group is currently working on a book being published
through the NSU Press. "American Cemetery," written by Payne
Williams, is a genealogical list celebrating the lives of those buried
in the oldest cemetery in the Louisiana Purchase. It is located on
the second Fort St. Jean Baptiste site, in downtown Natchitoches.
Noted alumni and contributors of Northwestern in the book
include Carmelite "Cammie" Garnett Henry, Judge Henry Adams
Billiard, Dr. Mildred "Dede" Bailey, Leopole Caspari and Beverly C.
For more information, contact
the Alumni Center at (318) 357-
4414 or (888) 799-6486 with the
information, or by e-mail at
Class of 1952
Golden Jubilee Planned
Fifty years after graduating from Northwestern, the Class of 1952 will
gather at their alma mater to reminisce about the good times and good
friendships bonded during their college career. They are getting ready to
reunite with old friends and classmates for the Golden Jubilee to
commemorate the 50-year mark of receiving their diploma.
Natchitoches alumni cannot wait to share the different environment of
the school with their former classmates.
"The school has changed, but the friendliness is still there," said Nelwyn
Boydstun Poole. "The people are all still connected to each other through
their connection to Northwestern."
"There have been so many changes," said Firal Ryder. It would be eye-
opening for anyone to come and look."
Like many alumni, Dollie Smith Petrus looks forward to seeing old friends.
"There were 1600 people on campus when I was in school. "I am looking
forward to seeing the people who graduated with me."
The Golden Jubilee Celebration is held in conjunction with Northwestern
State University's spring commencement exercises on May 10.
Members of the class will enjoy lunch and a bus tour of the city and before
the 3 p.m. commence exercises where each member of the class of 1952 will
again make the commencement walk to receive their 50-year diplomas.
On Saturday, members of the Class of 1952 will be inducted in the "50-
Plus Club", as part of the group's annual luncheon. The luncheon will be
held in the Friedman Student Union ballroom.
Northwestern 's Alumni Association
is looking to update the addresses
for several member of the Class of
1952. Any alumnus who knows the
contact information of anyone
appearing on the list below should
contact the Alumni Center at (318)
357-4414 or (888) 799-6486 with the
information, or by e-mail at
Arnolie, Bernice Frederick
Bentley, Ralph Waldo Jr.
Boutte, Marie Antionette
Caldwell, Jasper D.
Campbell, Emma Brown
Cherry, Katherine, Beard
Courtney, Kirkland Davis
Crump, Patricia Elaine
Delehant, William J.
Dells, Eugene L.
Dodd, Lillard Thelbert
Durham, Carlton M.
Eason, Patsy Jean
Fisher, Ruth J.
Grice, Eunice Dorman
Griffin, Julia F.
Haynes, John Willis
Ingles, Eunice Genevieve Eden
Johnson, Charles Leonard
Jones, Francis A. Jr.
Jones, Goldie French
Jones, Roberta Durr
Jordan, Porter M.
Koch, David Gentry
LaFleur, Katherine Thorp
Leach, Oscar Cecil
Lee, Ivy Rigdon
Luther, Edna Ruth
Lyle, John E.
Massey, Lillian A.
Mayeaux, Edwina Smith
McElveen, Ella Mae
Moore, Jack Derrell
Norsworthy, Ruby Arlene
Pannell, Harry I.
Prestridge, Hamilton B.
Rainey, Barbara West
Rains, Willis A.
Ricks, Julian E.
Scott, Edna Lucky
Slayter, Frances Margaret
Smith, Ellis George
Speir, Janice L.
Sykes, Harold Albertt
Thompson, Helen Claire
Vines, Annie L.
Walker, Robert Alvis
Wamsley, Wayne Dewitt
Wasson, Gladys Katherine
Waters, Ruth Conerly
Weeks, Jacqueline Dowden
Williams, Ceil Hart
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Dollar helping preserve stories
about former U. S. president
Northwestern alumnus Susan Dollar (second from left) is among a group of historians and
political scientists working on the Clinton History Project at the University of Arkansas. Shown
(from left) are Dr. Bill Schreckhise of the University of Arkansas, Dollar, former president Bill
Clinton, Dr. Janine Perry, Dr. Trish Starks and Dr. Micheal Pearce of the University of Arkansas.
Dollar is a doctoral student in history at Arkansas.
Susan Dollar is working to see that important living memories don't
fade away. Dollar, a Northwestern alumnus and former faculty mem-
ber, is part of a team working on a major history project involving former
President Bill Clinton.
Dollar is a doctoral student in history at the University of Arkansas.
She earned a bachelor's degree in history at NSU in 1983 and a master's
in history in 1994. The Clinton History Project is being done by the
Arkansas Center for Oral and Visual History along with the Miller Center
of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.
The Arkansas Center is covering the years before and after Clinton's
presidency. Dollar is helping organize some of the 400 interviews being
done with individuals familiar with Clinton. She is overseeing the copying
of interview tapes and editing the transcripts of interviews.
The results of the project will be turned over to the Clinton Presidential
Library in Little Rock for use by researchers examining the life and career
of the 42nd president. Similar projects were done on former presidents
Truman, Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Carter and George H. W. Bush.
"I had a great deal of experience with oral history from my time at
Northwestern," said Dollar. "I am thankful for the opportunities I had at
Northwestern. It is one thing to sit in class and take notes and another to
roll up your sleeves and do it."
Dollar worked on several grants carried out through a cooperative
agreement between NSU and the National Park Service. The agreement
involved interpretive plans for the newly created Cane River Creole
National Historic Park and Heritage Area. That work included an oral
and documentary historical study of Oakland Plantation and oral histo-
ries done in the Creole and African-American communities. She also
helped the Louisiana National Guard develop a cultural resources man-
agement plan that included an oral history on the role of Camp
Beauregard in the Louisiana Maneuvers just before World War II.
She is the author of "The Freedmen's Bureau Schools of Natchitoches
Parish, 1865-1868," published by the NSU Press.
"As a scholar, I am concerned with how overlooked oral history is as
documentation used in research," said Dollar. "It is important to talk to
people who were there as events happened and gather stories that may
not have been done otherwise."
"When you visit someone with a memory of a certain time period, you
ask for an impression, for memories. People will open up and you get
stories from an interview that you would not get from documents."
Dollar has also been involved with a project on the final days of the
Arkansas Gazette which was the newspaper of record in Arkansas. The
project was directed by Roy Reed, a former New York Times reporter who
is professor emeritus of journalism at Arkansas. Ill
Alumni and friends of North-
western can make donations to
the NSU Foundation to honor two
former Northwestern faculty
members who died in January.
Dr. Carroll D. Aby Jr. died Jan.
2 in Baton Rouge. Bonnette died
Jan. 4 in Natchitoches.
Aby joined NSU's faculty as a
professor of finance in 1992 and
was dean of business from 1998
until his retirement in 2001. He
served as the Noble B. Morrison
Professor of Applied Business at
Northwestern and was the recipi-
ent of the NSU Alumni
A scholarship was set up in Aby's
memory at the NSU Foundation.
Donations can be sent to Penny
O'Bryan, College of Business,
Northwestern State University,
Russell Hall, Room 201E,
Natchitoches, LA 71497. Checks
should be made payable to the NSU
Foundation with a reference to the
Dr. Carroll D. Aby Jr. Scholarship.
For more information, call (318)
357-5162 or email
Bonnette was a full-time faculty
member in the Department of
Health and Physical Education from
1963 until 1986. After retiring as a
full-time faculty member, he contin-
ued to teach water safety classes
part-time for 12 more years. Last
year, he was named to the NSU Hall
of Distinction, the Long Purple Line.
Bonnette was given the title of
"professor emeritus" in 1995.
Many of Bonnette 's former
students established The Dr. A.R.
"Buddy" Bonnette Endowed Schol-
arship in his honor several years
ago to benefit students in the
Department of Health and Human
Performance. For more information
or to contribute to the Bonnette
Scholarship, contact the NSU
Foundation at (318) 357-4414. Ill
Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 5
Steeg to lead NSU Foundation
Pledge creates flfSt en( iowed chair
The Northwestern State University Foundation has received a pledge to
create NSU's first $1,000,000 endowed chair. The pledge was made by
a private foundation that does not wish to be named.
Once $400,000 is received, the NSU Foundation will receive $600,000 in
matching funds from the Board of Regents Support Fund.
Interest from the endowment will be used to attract or retain a nation-
ally recognized scholar in the field of educational technology, one of the
university's designated Areas of Excellence.
Northwestern President Dr. Randall J. Webb credited Melba L. Steeg,
president of the NSU Foundation, with playing a major role in obtaining
"This donation is a major event
for Northwestern and the College of
Education," said Webb. "It is appro-
priate that the first endowed chair
be created in the College of Educa-
tion considering Northwestern's
long history of preparing teachers.
In order for the university to con-
tinue improving its academic pro-
grams, it is critical that we continue
to attract the best available faculty.
This gift will help us do that."
Northwestern was founded in
1884 as the State Normal School
with a mission of preparing teach-
ers. The College of Education at
NSU is accredited by the National
Council for Accreditation of Teacher
Education (NCATE) and has pro-
duced many of the top educators in
Over the past decade, the College
of Education has taken a leadership
role in developing and implement-
ing technology in the classroom.
NSU's master's program in educa-
tional technology is one of the
region's most innovative.
"This will take the College of
Education to the next level and
place us alongside major institu-
tions," said NSU Dean of Education
Dr. John Tollett. "We will seek to
recruit a nationally recognized ex-
pert in the field of educational technology. This will enable us to attract a
faculty member that we may not have been able to recruit otherwise."
Currently, NSU has 20 endowed professorships worth $100,000 each
spread throughout the university.
"There is a great deal of prestige in academic circles associated with hold-
ing an endowed chair," said Tollett. "The expert we recruit will be able to
validate what we are doing in the field of educational technology. They will
also facilitate the learning of technology throughout our service region."
Tollett said the holder of the endowed chair will share their expertise
with students and will also be active in national educational circles.
Webb said the NSU Foundation is working to attract additional private
funds to the university to be used for additional endowed chairs and profes-
sorships as well as scholarships. Ill
elba L. Steeg of New
Orleans has been selected
as president of the NSU
The Northwestern State
University Foundation is a non-
profit corporation responsible for
assisting areas of the university
not supported by state dollars. It
was established to serve NSU, its
students and faculty by raising
funds for endowed scholarships,
professorships and chairs.
Steeg, an education graduate of
Northwestern, has been an active
supporter of the university and
has served on the Foundation
Board. In 1994, she was named to
the NSU Hall of Distinction, the
Long Purple Line. Steeg was
named to the NSU College of
Business Hall of Distinction in
She is president of Investing
and Developing, Inc., a
commercial and residential real
estate developing and financing
Two NSU alumni who graduated
nearly 80 years ago have marked a
major milestone in their lives. Adele
Erwin Byrd and Mary Braddock
Metzger celebrated their 100 th
birthdays this year.
Byrd was born near Starkville, Miss.
on January 20, 1902. She graduated
from Louisiana Normal College on May
29, 1922 and went on to teach in Flora
and Kilbourne from 1922-1924.
Adele Erwin Byrd is pictured on the left as a Normal
student in 1922, and appears on the right celebrating
her 100th birthay.
Byrd then became a homemaker and
now has a large family including two
daughters, seven grandchildren, 11
great grandchildren and six great-great
grandchildren. She lives with her
daughter in Longview, Texas.
Byrd celebrated her 100 th birthday
with an open house at her church.
ted her 100 th birth-
day on January 31
with a reception at
the First Presby-
terian Church in
Metzger is orig-
inally from Grayson.
Mary Braddock Metzger After graduated from
celebrated her 100 lh _ . . _ T .
birthday this year. Louisiana Normal,
she worked toward
her master's degree at Peabody College
and Columbia University. She taught
home economics and nutrition in
DeQuincy, Cinton and Jennings.
She was also active in the Lake
Charles Memorial Hospital Auxiliary
and the Leaf and Petal Garden Club.
In January 1970, Metzger became the
first woman elder at First Presbyterian
Church. She served as a deacon as well
as a member of the Women's Circle. Ill
Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 6
A tremendous groundswell
of support erupted in
early January when Scott
Stoker was named head
football coach at
passionate 33-year-old was a
for the Demons from 1986-89,
helping NSU win the 1988
Southland Conference championship for Coach Sam Goodwin. After
his playing days ended, he worked on Goodwin's coaching staff for
four years, then joined the McNeese State staff and helped the
Cowboys make six playoff appearances in eight seasons.
Stoker's burning passion for Northwestern and for coaching
football enthralled a crowd of nearly 200 supporters in the Steve
and Lori Stroud Room of the athletic fieldhouse when NSU
President Dr. Randall Webb and director of athletics Greg Burke
introduced him to the media on Jan. 8. Since then, the new coach
has burned plenty of midnight oil. Finally, four weeks after
arriving, he had time to begin his day with an old favorite, a stop
by Shipley's Donuts just down Second Street from the house he
lived in after his playing days ended. That afternoon, he was able
to sit down for this interview:
Q. Who is Scott Stoker?
"A guy who's been very fortunate in his life. He's made a lot of
breaks for himself, no question about it, but a lot of people have
helped me get to this point. You don't get anywhere in this world
without someone's help. Coach (Sam) Goodwin, outside of my
parents, comes first to mind for giving me an opportunity to play
here, and then an opportunity to coach here. Then I was very
fortunate to have the opportunity to move to another major
program in Division I-AA football, where I got to coach a lot of
different positions, and that ultimately gave me the chance to
come back home and take this job."
Q. As you returned to NSU, you knew the territory — and
plenty of the athletic staff as well. Talk about seeing all
the familiar faces.
"That's what has made this transition so much easier than
normal. I didn't have to learn many names and faces. (Baseball
coach) Mitch Gaspard and I left at the same time and now we're
back at the same time. We're kind of a package deal, I guess. It's
great to have Donnie Cox, a coach I played
for and worked with, and Ed Evans, who
carried me off the field so many times. I
know how good they are. Then there's Leon
Johnson, who's just rock solid. He's as much
a part of the football program as he is the
track and field program, because we have
so many of our guys who are his guys too.
Always have. I hope I'm considered as
much a part of the track program as I am
the football program. James Smith has been
here since I stepped on campus. Coach (Mike)
McConathy hasn't been here that long, but
you look at what he's accomplished and meet
the man and you see why it's happened. Greg
Burke was the athletic fundraiser when I
played here, and all of us knew then how
much he cared and how hard he worked.
That hasn't changed one iota. These are
people you can hang your hat on. I can call
these guys and ask them questions, no
matter how stupid the questions may seem,
and I know there are no hidden agendas in
what I'm going to be told.
We all pull for each other, we all pull for
Northwestern. It's bigger than any one
coach or any one program. These
relationships are a huge benefit to me as a
young coach. I'd be a fool not to rely on
their help and advice."
Q. Do you have a message for your
fellow Northwestern alumni?
"Alumni are going to have a huge say-so
in our program. If we're going to get to the
national championship level, we've got to
have their support — not necessarily with
their wallets, just with their hearts, at
least. We all need to support our university
any way we can, if in no other way than to
have pride in NSU. Whether they competed
in athletics or were in the band, the
theatre, a fraternity or sorority, or the BSU,
or they just went to school and got their
degrees, I hope they're excited having one
of their own as the head football coach. I
know I feel an obligation to all of them to
make them very proud of their football
team. But however we do it, we all have to
support Northwestern. I know I used to get
kidded at McNeese because the Alumni
Columns came to my office, and when I got
it, I sat and read it cover to cover. I'd spot
somebody's name I knew, and that was
great to see.
I left that magazine on my desk. I was
proud of my school and I still am.
Like I said, I bleed purple." Ill
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Looking Back±)£3 gniiooJ
Northwestern State University's
yearbook, the Potpourri has
Picture from the title page of the 1943 yearbook.
provided opportunities for leadership
since its inception in 1909. Many
editors, photographers and writers
have continued using their skills
learned while working on the yearbook
in their chosen career fields.
E.P Dobson, Jr., the editor of the 1943 Potpourri, obtained a
second degree in architecture after graduating from NSU in 1947.
He then lived in Houston for a while and came back to Natchitoches
to work on several projects including Williamson Hall, Russell Hall,
and apartments located on Chaplin Lake. He worked on the
construction of Prather Coliseum. Dobson also designed several
hotels in Louisiana and Texas before his retirement in 1965.
Dobson now lives in the small community of Sun City West, Ariz.,
but still has a residence on Black Lake. He volunteers for the Sun
City West Foundation.
Curtis Guillet, the 1943 Potporri photographer, has been a
photographer in Natchitoches since he left Northwestern in 1947.
He continued to work with the Potpourri yearbook for several years.
His work has been featured in "Cane River Cuisine" and "Cane River
Living" cookbooks as well as sports and field magazines. Guillet
has his own studio and also freelances. He continues his education
today by attending art classes at NSU.
The two people featured on the title page, shown above, of the
1943 Potpourri are G.F. "Sonny" Thomas, vice-president of the
student body and Mary Jean Swift Thomas, senior class secretary,
both 1943 graduates. Sonny Thomas practiced law from 1948 until
his retirement in the early 90's. He is a member of the Louisiana
Trial Lawyers Association, the American College of Trial Lawyers,
International College of Trial lawyers and the Louisiana and
American Bar Associations.
Mary Jean Thomas has been a homemaker. She and Sonny
Thomas had seven children, three of which are NSU graduates.
She is the past president of both the Natchitoches Service League
and the Natchitoches/NSU Symphony Society. She writes a column
for the Natchitoches Times, which is also titled "Looking Back." Ill
Guess Who ?
Can you guess the names of these 1952
graduates shown in the picture? If so,
please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs
at (318) 357-4414 or (888) 799-6486. The
first five people to call with the correct
answers will win a prize!
1956 Demon Tennis
Good job to Linden Claybrook C56) of Baton Rouge,
Willard Booty ('57) of DeQuincy, Peggy Guess C59)
of Natchitoches and O'Deal Pharris of Shreveport
who guessed that the 1956 Demon tennis team
members are (front) Bill Chamberlain, Willard
Rachal, Wade Parsons, (back) Jerry May, Delbert
Vines, "Monk" Calendar and Coach Jack Fisher.
Northwestern State's Demon tennis team
began in 1956. With only a few racquets
and tennis shoes provided by their overseer
and coach, Jack Fisher, they prepared for
According to Delbert Vines, a former player,
the university assisted in providing practice
balls, however there were no scholarships
available. The team had to manage on a shoe
string budget during the entire season.
Luckily, team member Wayne Reid's father,
J.G. Reid and Concrete Construction, designed
the original courts for practicing.
The team traveled by station wagon and
individual cars to compete in numerous
tournaments at Louisiana Tech, Centenary,
McNeese, and Southwestern. During the
season, they defeated nearly all the schools
We were able to catch up with a few of the
players who now look back on Demon tennis
knowing they were among the first men to
represent Northwestern State in tennis.
William Parsons lives in Bullard, Texas
where he has retired after 30 years with
Amoco Product Company as a district
manager. He is a chairman at Emerald Bay
Willard Rachal resides in Mooringsport
and has retired. He now is active in the
Mooringsport Baptist Church where he
Wayne Reid lives in Bossier and is an
electric contractor in Shreveport, Bossier
and the surrounding areas.
Vines resides in Calhoun. He coached four
winning tennis teams before serving as Dean
of Business at Northeast Louisiana
University, now known as the University of
Louisiana at Monroe. From 1976 to his
retirement in 1991 he served as university
Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 8
Larry Skinner ('61 & 68), Dan Poole C52),
Dr. Bob Pender ('55) and Frank Lampkin
C48) were among the over 150 former
basketball players who attended the
Basketball Homecoming in February.
NSU's all-time leader in average points-per-game, Vernon Wilson, had his
jersey retired during this year's Basketball Homecoming.
Charles "Red" Thomas, NSU's first Ail-American basketball player, had
his jersey retired during Basketball Homecoming.
John McConathy, a record setting Demon Basketball player, poses by
his retired jersey.
Don Ashworth ('70), Randy Veuleman
('72) and Venton Coburn ('59) enjoy the
programming at the 3rd annual
Dudley Fulton C35) and Ocie Richie
C47) enjoyed being updated on the
success of NSU Demon basketball
at the Basketball Homecoming.
Donna Crawford Shield C71) and
Jackie Smith ('71 & 73) visit with
each other at the 3rd annual
NSU faculty member Darilyn Manring, Kay
Hubbard, alumnus Dwaine Hubbard ('78)
and NSU Director of Choral Activities Dr.
Burt Allen visit at the reception held in
conjunction with the Texas Music Educators
Association conference in SanAntonio.
Michael ('95) and Victoria
Simoneaux attended the
alumni reception in San
Former and current NSU music
students reunited at the reception
held in conjunction with the Texas
Music Educators Association
conference in San Antonio. They are
NSU student Heather Whorton,
Jimmy Butler ('96), Rachel Thomas,
Gavin Vitter ('96), Adam Bird ('94),
Tamesa McClellan and Chris Conway
Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 9
Dan ('57) and Lilly Chase, along with their
daughter Marty, enjoyed visiting with other
Baton Rouge alumni during a reception at Mike
Gayle Hatch was recognized for his
contributions to Northwestern and the
community by receiving the honor of the Nth
Degree from Dr. Randall Webb during the
reception in Baton Rouge.
Tony Gustwick, director of institutional
advancement and Lela Mae Lea Wilkes ('68 )
had a chance to visit during a reception for
the Baton Rouge area College of Business
Corrie Lea Leatherman Enright
C41) and Lola McGinnis, former
roommates at NSU visited with
each other at the Baton Rouge
Virginia Dixon Monceret COD, A.J. Kennedy ('98),
Camille Nunez COD and Lauren Brown Kennedy
C98) catch up during the Baton Rouge alumni
gathering at Mike Anderson's Restaurant.
Robert C69) and Sherry Capps
C70) Cannon were among the
Baton Rouge alumni to attend
the reception at Mike
Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 10
All photographs appearing in class notes were taken from the senior section of their respective yearbook, the Potpourri.
Wayne Edward Summers is retired and lives in
Marie E. Toups retired as a principal from District 7
in 1965. She lives in Lockport.
Kathryn Gates Duett is retired and lives in Oakdale.
Marion Frances See Harris lives in Franklin.
Hattie Louise Bennett Peacock is a retired teacher
and lives in Hammond.
Irma Rita Mayeux Bryan is retired and lives in La
Betsy Nina Smith Morris lives in Green Bay, Wis.
Donna E. Wilson Stevens is a retired nurse
anesthetist residing in Hattiesburg, Miss.
John Gremillion is married. He and his wife live in
Ida Annie Torrans retired from LS U-Shreveport as a
professor in the communications department.
Ann Louise Fitzpatrick Graham retired from the
Caddo Parish School Board as the nursing
supervisor. She is married and lives in Bossier City.
Mickey Margaret Hansen Walker is
employed with the Grant Parish School
Board as a teacher.
1957 ^ Jj^
Hester Irene Brown is a retired public
relations writer. She is currently a playwright writer
and actor. She resides in New York City.
Jerry H. Roy is retired from Traveler Ins. Company
as a manager. He is married and lives in San
Betty Orgeron Holley is a retired schoolteacher. She is
currently a state external assessor and summer adult
art instructor. She is married and lives in Belle Chasse.
Lynn Corbell Lowry is retired from the Memphis
City schools. She lives in Cordova, Tenn.
John R. Ramsey is vice president of
retail operations at Tesoro Refining,
Mktg. & Supply Co. in Auburn, Wash.
He is married to Patricia Nolan Ramsey
Harriet Elaine Koetter Bridges is
employed with LSU Cooperative
Extension Services as an extension
agent. She is married and lives in Lake
Judy Dianne Veuleman Manasco is the
administrator at Integrated Health
Services of Many. She is married and has
Carolyn Flanagan Talton retired from Louisiana
Tech University as a Professor Emeritus in June
2001. She is married to Billy Jack Talton (72).
They have two children and live in Dubach.
Martha Jarvis Smith is a caseworker at Kemmerer
Village in Assumption, 111. She is also a secretary
at Stonington Baptist Church.
Susan Ehlers Duhon is an English and debate
teacher at T.H. Rogers School in Houston. She has
two children and lives in Katy, Texas.
Billy Jack Talton retired from Louisiana Tech
University as Professor Emeritus in May 2001.
is married to Carolyn Flanagan Talton ('72).
Marilyn Paulette Dufrene Brantley is a record
coordinator for the school of nursing at
Mississippi College. She is married and
has one child. They live in Clinton,
Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 11
Class Notes/ Profiles
All photographs appearing in class notes were taken from the senior section of their respective yearbook, the Potpourri.
Bessie Louise Brock Barrick is a senior
communications specialist at AFLAC in
Columbus, Ga. She is married and has
two children. She resides in Phenix City,
Henry Hank Jefferson Atwood retired
from the U.S. Army as a colonel on June
1, 2000. He is currently working as a
senior engineer with the Navigator
Development Corporation in Huntsville,
Marsha Adams Cunningham works for the Garland
Independent School District as a fourth grade
English and language arts teacher. She is married,
has three children and lives in Rowlett, Texas.
Callie Jean Freeman Barnard is employed by
Medquist in Metairie as a medical transcriptionist.
She is married and lives in Pleasant Hill. They have
Marsha Ann Knight Lohmeyer is the owner of
Adventures in Learning. She is married and has
four children. They live in Tyler, Texas.
Jane D. Hammers is a lawyer. She lives in Guffey,
Deborah Ann Whitney Cloud is a social
services analyst supervisor for the state of
Louisiana. She is married and lives in
Gary D. Lehr works as a chief financial officer and
partner at HealthMark Partners in The Woodlands,
Texas. He is married and has one child.
Walter Murrell Walker Jr. is a retired US Army
lieutenant colonel. He is currently a senior army
instructor at Grant High School and Junior ROTC
instructor at Dry Prong. He is also the head girl's
basketball and track coach at Grant High School.
He is married and has two sons.
Ginger E. Gates is a senior consultant with Region
IV Education Service Center. She was recently
awarded the Outstanding Service to the Professor of
School Psychology Award by the Texas association of
Eva Margaret Lang is a chief operating officer of the
Financial Consulting Group. She is active at Christ
United Methodist Church and is the assistant
Webmaster. She is married and lives in Memphis,
Gwenda J. Thaxton Sepulvado is the child support
administrator at the district attorney's office in Many.
She also owns Sabine Raceway. She is married and
has two children.
Virginia Ann Roberson Jordan is a seventh grade
teacher and technology coordinator at Florien High
School. She is married to Mark Jordan C83). They
have two children and live in Florien.
John Mark Jordan is employed with Express
Industries as a salesman. He is married to Virginia
Ann Roberson Jordan ('83 ).
Robby Medlin is a regional manager at National
Panel Systems. He lives in Corinth, Texas with his
wife and children.
Glema Calhoun Brandemihl works for Henry Ford
Health System as an ambulatory surgery nurse II.
She lives in Flat Rock, Mich, with her husband and
Dan Medlin is employed with Applied
Systems as the director of recruiting. He is
married and they live in Austin, Texas.
Kimberly S. Berry McGuire is the program
coordinator at Northwest Cancer Center in Houston.
She lives in Tomball, Texas with her husband and two
Kenneth Wayne Campbell is the music minister at
Gonzalez Baptist Church in Cantonment, Fla. He is
married and has three children.
Vickie Lynn Gentiles Waters is employed by the Winn
Parish School Board as a fourth and fifth grade
reading and music teacher. She is married and has
Thelma Cook Walker is the clinical services manager
at Animas Corporation. She is married and they have
Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 12
School Board as the
manager. She is
married to Jessica
Diaz Ward ('99) and
they have two
reside in Leesville.
David W. Clark is
employed by the
Florida College of
Law in Gainesville,
Fla. as a professor
of law. He is
married and has
Kirk Bradly Vines
is the production
manager at Cargill
in Glenwood, Ark.
He lives in
Nashville, Ark. with
his wife and two
McKinney Willey is
a human resource
in New Orleans.
She lives in LaPlace
with her husband
employed with the
Parish School Board
as a basketball
coach at Elton High
School. He is
married to Amanda
C92). They have
Class of 2000
Upon graduation many students make plans to move home or to a bigger city to
begin their careers. Few think they will end up halfway around the world. To her
surprise, this is where Nicki Walker, a 2000 NSU graduate, was led.
Walker is a journeyman, also known as a missionary, with the International Mission
Board and was sent to Swaziland, Africa, a small kingdom surrounded by South Africa
and Mozambique on her 23 rd birthday. Her term as a journeyman is short, only two years.
"I think my heart for missions developed when I went to the Yucatan Peninsula
in Mexico with the Baptist Student Union at NSU," said Walker. "On this mission trip, I
realized there was something different about me since I didn't mind sleeping in a
hammock, taking cold showers and not having modern day conveniences. I saw their
simple way of life and how much they loved their Savior and their families."
Walker traveled back to Mexico for two more mission trips. She heard of the
journeyman program through the BSU and other NSU alumni who had served on the
At the time, Walker volunteered at the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Natchitoches
teaching an abstinence Joased sex education program in schools and churches. She began
to notice that every time she turned on the radio or television, she was hearing about the
AIDS crisis or refugees in Africa. She attended a revival service at which the pastor
spoke on missions in Africa. Later a child at the YMCA where Walker was handed her a
book entitled "Images of Southern Africa."
"I was surrounded. It was obviously where the Lord wanted me," said Walker. "Of
course, He had to work a lot on my mother to assure her I would be okay. Her first words
when I told her I was thinking of the journeyman program were, You are not going to
Africa or China.' Well, here I am in Southern Africa and both of my parents are so
supportive. They are even coming to visit next year."
Though she is working on a foreign continent, Walker is sometimes reminded of her
life at NSU. One day she noticed a huge fence being repainted along a road that she
travels daily. The larger posts were painted purple first. The next day the smaller posts
were painted orange.
"I could hardly believe my eyes," said Walker. "I laughed and laughed. I thought 'It's
NSU, Go Demons!' It was just another way God had comforted me with a little bit of
Walker loves seeing the excitement and joy on the faces of those who are discovering God.
"I have seen God provide through people back home raising money for a child who
could not go to school, sending storying scarves so that people who cannot read can have
a picture Bible to study and praying earnestly for the Swazi people," said Walker. "I could
go on and on with stories such as picking up children to give them a lift home leading to a
Bible study at a church, giving a lift to another to town leading to salvation and seeing
the magnificence of God's creation in the mountains, in a rainbow, in the bright starry
sky and in the face of a child." Ill
Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 13
Class Notes/ Profiles
All photographs appearing in class notes were taken from the senior section of their respective yearbook, the Potpourri.
two children and live in Jennings.
Jennifer Sue Lee Kelly is a dyslexia teacher for
Ouachita Parish in Monroe. She is due to graduate
with a master's degree in community counseling
with certification in school counseling and specialist
certification in reading in December. She lives in
West Monroe with her two sons.
Marcus Marion Crider is an attorney with the law
firm of King and Ballow in Nashville, Tenn. He is
married, has a son and is expecting a daughter.
Wendy Michelle Luebbers Schuller is the head
women's basketball coach at Eastern Washington
University in Cheny, Wash. She lives in Spokane,
Wash, with her husband and son.
Kari Alison Belvin is a budget analyst for
the Louisiana Senate. She is married and
resides in Baton Rouge.
Jessica Thomley Bellina is a stay-at-home mom.
She and her family were recently transferred from
Lake Charles to Brights Grove, Ontario for a
temporary job assignment.
Michael Thorn received a MBA from Tulane
University's A. B. Freeman School of Business in
Robin Edward Freeman works for Tembec in St.
Francisville. He lives in Jonesville with his wife.
Margaret Martin Muse is a fourth grade teacher at
Dodson High School. She lives in Winnfield.
Lauren Landry Vaughn works as a sales
manager for Contractors Source Inc. in
Baton Rouge. She is also involved in
Associated General Contractors of
Louisiana. Lauren lives in Prairieville with
Charidy Dawn Williamson Melder is the
youth programs coordinator at Central
Louisiana Area Health Education Center in
Alexandria. She is married to Christopher
Melder C96) and they have one child.
Shannon Youngblood Cox is employed with the
Caddo Parish School Board as a special education
nurse. She is married and has two daughters.
Debi Cost is an industry relations manager
at Adams Project Management in Los
Angeles. She lives in Manhattan Beach,
Lisa Martin Pickering is the financial aid coordinator
for the college of nursing at NSU-Shreveport. She is
married to Paul D. Pickering C95) and has one
Jason Daniel Waters is employed with WPS Industries
as an electrician. He is married and has one child.
Shannon Kathleen Collins is a reservist at BAFB
where she works on The Observer, The Gator Gazette
and the Reserve Command Citizen Airman Video as a
Bryan Kevin Box is a financial advisor for Merrill
Lynch. He lives in Montgomery, Texas with his wife
Jeffrey Todd Cryer is the branch manager for
Enterprise in Marshall, Texas. He is married to
Emily Wise Cryer ('99). She is a fourth grade teacher
at Summerfield Elementary School in Shreveport.
They live in Bossier City.
Kristin Kendrick Gilbert Gordon is the KCCU
Production director at Cameron University in Lawton,
Okla. She is married to Shaun Michael Gordon COO).
Stephen Fleury is a controller at Turning Point
Solutions Group, Inc. He is married and resides in
Barbara Darlene Sepulvado is a registered
representative for New York Life in Many. She lives in
Noble with her husband and three children.
Jamie Marie Harris Cochran is a certified athletic
trainer at Christus Louisiana Sport Medicine. She is
married and lives in Pineville. They have one son.
Angela Robinson Ross is working at Valencia
Community College as an assessment specialist. She
is married and lives in Orlando, Fla.
Michael Cervantes is the food service director for the
University of the Ozarks. He is married and they live
in Clarksville, Ark.
Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 14
Class Notes/ Profiles.
Martin is currently
working for Goody
Columbus, Ga. as
He is married and
has one child.
Allen Eubanks is
the head coach of
the Oak Ridge
Juniors and the
boat house manager
of the Oak Rowing
resides in Oak
Eric Jason Dutile is
State Farm. He is
married to Tatum
Lyles Dutile ('99)
and they live in
Mackey is currently
school He is
married and lives
in Fort Worth,
is a history
volleyball coach and
coach at H. Grady
Spruce High School
in Dallas. He has
Suzi Lee Krucenski
is an accountant at
Class of 1976
After a year in his current position, Grover Davis is starting to settle in but he never
wants to get comfortable. Davis, a 1976 graduate in business, is president and CEO
of Crawford & Company in Atlanta.
Crawford & Company is the world's largest independent provider of diversified services
to insurance companies, self-insured corporations and governmental entities. Crawford
has 10,000 employees and more than 700 offices in 65 countries.
Davis joined Crawford & Company as an insurance adjuster in May, 1976, the Monday
after he received his degree from NSU.
"I wish I had an impressive story to tell you, but a big factor in taking a job with them
was that they had a company car program," said Davis from his Atlanta office. "I really
didn't have a clue what an insurance adjuster did."
Davis obviously learned what he had to do quickly. Over 20 years, he moved up in the
company and was named national sales manger for claims services in 1996, then senior
vice president and managing director the next year. He was named president and chief
operating officer in 1999 and earned his current position in April, 2001.
"I really don't know how anyone can prepare for the role of CEO," said Davis. "The
experience you garner certainly has an effect on how well you do. It's something unlike
anything I have ever done before. You go from having responsibility from a restricted area
to responsibility for the entire area. It kind of hits you in the face."
Crawford & Company was founded in the 1940's and has grown tenfold since Davis
joined the company, bringing in annual revenues of $750 million.
"One of the major responsibilities I have is to the people within the organization, over
10,000 of them," said Davis. "I have to keep this a viable, profitable growing organization
for the welfare of the people who work here."
Davis admits that one of his challenges is to prioritize his work.
"There are so many things to do and not enough time to get them done," he said. "This
is one of the most rewarding and satisfying jobs I've had. I don't know where the time
goes. At the end of the day, I am tired, but it is a good kind of tired."
The challenges of continuing to grow the company are such that Davis can never allow
himself to feel comfortable.
"If I ever get comfortable, they need to get someone else."
Davis finished his degree at Northwestern after serving in the Air Force. He began
taking classes at England Air Force Base then commuted from Alexandria to
Natchitoches over his final two years.
"One thing I missed out on is the camaraderie because I drove up for classes, went
home, went to work and drove back the next day," said Davis. "My wife Brenda got her
teaching degree at Northwestern and through her I saw the joy of being a student at
The faculty at Northwestern immediately impressed him with their willingness to
work with students. The involvement of faculty with students was a major reason his
nephew Jacob chose to attend NSU. Ill
Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 15
All photographs appearing in class notes were taken from the senior section of their respective yearbook, the Potpourri.
Stephen R. Couvillion Jr. is employed by Our Lady of
the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge as a physical
therapist. He is married to Ginger Cox Couvillion
Gylles Maree Landry is an admissions counselor and
recruiter at NSU.
Jessica R. Diaz Ward is a registered nurse at Bayne
Jones Army Community Hospital in Fort Polk. She
is married to Tim Ward C90). They have two
children and live in Leesville.
Erica Tatum Lyles Dutile is employed by the state of
Louisiana. She is married to Eric Dutile ('97) and
lives in Alexandria.
Jennifer Ann McCrory Fontenot is a registered nurse
at Lompoc District Hospital in Lompoc, Calif. She is
married and resides at Vandenberg AFB.
Brandon Wesley Melder is a sales representative at
Lashley Supply Inc. and a deputy at the Rapides
Sheriff Office. He is married and lives in Alexandria.
Jennifer Taylor-Tenae Pilcher Curtis is employed
with Christus Schumpert Medical Center in
Shreveport as an exercise specialist and personal
trainer. She is married and lives in Stonewall.
Laura Christine Bucker Lewis works
at Brammer Engineering, Inc. as a
joint interest billing analyst. She is
married and lives in Haughton.
Stephen Taylor Stroud is a history
teacher and coach at Mansfield High School. He is
married to Shelly Baswell Stroud COD and they have
one son. They reside in Elm Grove.
Sharona F. Griffin Jurek is a first grade teacher at
Winnfield Primary School. She is married and has
Shaun Michael Gordon is a second lieutenant in the
Army, stationed at Fort Sill as a finance officer. He
is married to Kristin K. Gilbert Gordon C96) and they
live in Lawton, Okla.
Harvey Dee Mclntyre IV is the assistant baseball
coach at Blinn Jr. College in Brenham, Texas.
Edwin Lagarde is employed in the financial aid office
at NSU as a counselor.
Nicole Leanne Ponthieux is a claims representative at
the social security office in Leesville.
Wendy Sue Panchalk Phillips is employed with
Southwest Airlines as a flight attendant. She is lives
in Ft. Bliss with her husband and two children.
Ken "Todd" DeMoss is employed by Mann, Frankfort,
Stein & Lipp, Advisors in Houston. He is married and
lives in Houston.
Brad Allen Skinner is employed by Leander
Independent School District as a teacher and coach.
He is married to Hayley Remedies Skinner C01) and
they live in Cedar Park, Texas.
Ashley Marie Smitherman Hatcher is working at
BroMenn Healthcare as a RN in labor and delivery.
She is married and lives in Normal, 111.
'20 Mae Pitchford Courtney, Bossier City,
'24 Helen Singleton, Kentwood,
'32 Opal Jacobs, New Orleans, January, 17, 2001
'33 Mary Dorothy Berry, Minden, October 4, 2001
'36 Nadine Foster, Baton Rouge, February, 2001
'36 Woodrow Wilson Turner, Shreveport, February 6, 2002
'39 Ms. Jo Alice McKinney Ballard, Marshall, Texas,
September 5, 2001
'41 Mrs. Joyce F. Caillet, Whitecastle, January 10, 2002
'42 Mr. John Lowrey, Shreveport, June 23, 2001
'42 Gus Malcolm Boucher, Mansfield, June 20, 2001
'43 Mrs. Verdie G. Couvillion, Simmesport, November
'43 Mr. Don Plunkett, August 6, 2001
'45 Mrs. John M. Wellheuser, Sherman, Texas
'50 Parks William "Bill" Sansing, Forest Hill,
December 24, 2001
'51 Dr. Allen R. "Buddy" Bonnette, January 4, 2002
'51 Marjorie Pennington Rambin, Monroe, November
Vera Ortolon Barnhart, Shreveport, January 15, 2002
Ms. Johnnie Fore, July 21, 2001
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